Judson Preschool offers a play based, early childhood education program which meets the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of young children. Playing is the most important vehicle for learning and children at Judson are involved in a wide range of activities which are carefully planned by our trained staff. Through daily activities, each child experiences their environment through role-playing, large and fine motor activities, cooking, science, music and creative movement. Our school welcomes and is inclusive of everyone.
What We Do – and Why
Self-chosen activities within the classroom — from art, blocks, manipulatives, science, library, dramatic play and music (approximately 1 hour) Discovery Time’s purpose is to empower children to choose from a wide variety of activities designed to spark their curiosity, build skills and support interest. We support children as they develop initiative in choosing activities, gain independence in doing the activities, move toward cooperative and socio-dramatic play, and develop a fascination for letters, numbers and counting, colors and art media, shapes, and more. Skills gained during this time include increasing attention span, learning to share, developing the fine muscles of the hand in preparation of writing, working on hand-eye coordination and increasing conversation skills.
Time for playing a game, talking, reading, science experiments (approximately 15 minutes). Small Group’s purpose is to introduce children to more teacher-directed activities with groups small enough to encourage each child to participate. We support children as they learn to speak and listen, to take turns and to cooperate while learning new concepts.
Children express themselves via songs, musical instruments, finger plays, stories and dancing (approximately 15 minutes). Large Group’s purpose is to introduce children to the large group setting which they will experience in school. They follow a teacher-directed activity which is developmentally appropriate, fun, and allows them to move and to learn about rhythms and concepts at the same time.
We serve a variety of delicious snacks “family style.” The children sometimes cook their own snack (approximately 15 minutes). In addition to providing nourishment, Snack Time’s purpose is to give children real-life opportunities to count napkins and cups, pour their own water, and participate in making the food. We hope Snack Time promotes independence, socialization, confidence, responsibility and helps children recognize that they are an important part of their group.
Large Muscle Play
Large Muscle Play’s purpose is to allow children to move and choose activities that will continue to develop the muscles of their legs, arms and torso – improving balance and developing physical confidence. These activities give children the opportunity to develop friendships and stimulate language as well. Large Muscle Play occurs outdoors or in the gym area, depending on the weather.